Gabriel Jesus sends transfer message after four goals vs Watford amid Pep Guardiola praise
Here are your Manchester City evening headlines for Saturday, April 23
Gabriel Jesus sends transfer message with Man City future in doubt
Gabriel Jesus picked the perfect moment to go goal-crazy and send City four points clear at the top. The Brazil international scored four – for only the second time in his five-year City career – as the Blues eased to a comfortable win over the relegation-haunted Hornets.
And with the strong possibility of him leaving the club emerging this week, with Arsenal believed to be at the forefront of clubs waiting to sign him – he either added a few million to his transfer fee and his wage expectation or will have made City think twice about letting him go.
Jesus has 93 goals in 230 games for City, not too shabby, but his propensity to miss big chances at important moments meant he was always in the shadow of Sergio Aguero. And with Erling Haaland a likely arrival this summer, along with Argentina whizz-kid Julian Alvarez , the squeeze is on for those front places and Jesus is a likely casualty.
Pep Guardiola speaks about Gabriel Jesus’ Man City future after four-goal heroics
Pep Guardiola hailed Jesus for the four-goal salvo that shot City to a four-point Premier League lead by comparing him to Barcelona great Hristo Stoichkov. The City forward added an assist to Rodri in the 5-1 win over Watford that put the pressure back on Liverpool ahead of their Merseyside derby against Everton tomorrow.
The Blues boss refused to speak about Jesus’ future after talk that the player will leave the club this summer after failing to nail down a regular place. But he was full of praise for his quality and said that his man of the match display was universally popular in the dressing room and among the backroom staff.
“I said before, if there is one person in world football that deserves nights like Gabriel had, then it is him,” he said. “We are delighted for him and he helped us a lot. He helped us to win this game. Of course, the assist from Oleks [Zinchenko] and the assist from Kevin [De Bruyne] are brilliant, but he has to be there.”